On Thursday, February 3rd, the UW-Madison Real Estate Club kicked off the semester with a meeting for undergraduate and graduate students at the Pyle Center. The meeting’s focus was on career preparation and networking, led by the fabulous staff from the Wisconsin Undergraduate Program Office at the Wisconsin School of Business: Brian Whitmore, Sandra Kubat, and Elin Filby. It also consisted of a young alumni panel where recent grads discussed the best strategies for navigating the internship and job search. The discussions that took place were a great refresher for students preparing for the virtual career fair that took place on Tuesday, February 8th.
Having gone through the internship process as an undergraduate myself, I wanted to reiterate some points that the career coaches made during the presentation. I’d also like to echo the career coaches’ encouragement to use the resources you’re provided as a student:
- Look for networking opportunities wherever they might be present – family, friends, school events – and to start building professional relationships early. The internship/job process is significantly less daunting if you take the time to look within your network and make connections early on.
- Join organizations that are going to help you connect with industry professionals, including:
- Other clubs at the WSB and UW-Madison that offer you leadership experiences and industry connections
- Join the Real Estate Mentor Program
- Participate in market presentations, field trips and site visits organized by REC, WREAA and WIRE
- Participate in case competitions
Career coaches and student workers are available and eager to assist you with narrowing your job search, resume help, interview preparation, networking tips, LinkedIn and Handshake profiles, cold emails, warm emails, and anything else in between. Please do not hesitate to reach out for help.
Undergraduate Program Office Contacts for Real Estate Students
DJ Mattison – Senior Academic Advisor
Elin Filby – Career Coach
Bryan Zaramba – Assistant Director, Employer Engagement